Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: The Backup Boyfriend ( The Boyfriend Chronicles #1 ) by River Jaymes

The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes
Excerpt

Professionally, Dr. Alec Johnson has almost reached his goals. As this year’s recipient of a humanitarian award with his ex, Dr. Tyler Hall, Alec’s work with the homeless is about to be recognized. Unfortunately, his personal life sucks because now he has to attend several events alongside Tyler—with his ex’s new boyfriend in tow. In an attempt to lift his mood and break out of his rut, Alec purchases a motorcycle he has no idea how to start. 

Dylan Booth doesn't have time for Dr. Clueless and his fickle 1964 Harley, but the cocky mechanic can’t say no to the request for help. Having spent his teen years on the streets, and losing his best friend to HIV, Dylan decides teaching the do-gooder how to ride is the least he can do. But watching Alec flounder in his ex's company throws Dylan into protector mode, and the confirmed hetero introduces himself as Alec's new boyfriend. 

The ex suspects Dylan is lying. 

Alec claims Dylan’s plan is insane. 

And Dylan’s not sure he can fake being gay. 

But he’s a master bullshitter, and the phony PDA soon turns ultra-hot. Alec can’t afford to get attached, and Dylan’s learned everyone eventually leaves. Unfortunately, playing the backup boyfriend is starting to feel way too real… 


Genre

M/M

Review

This one is quite a cute m/m read, mainly because Alex, the hero is such a dear. I'm convinced he is the girl in the non-relationship.

Dr. Alec, a missionary doctor who dedicate his service for the less fortunate and homeless. He got dumped by his boyfriend of 2 years, Tyler.. Alec is like the perfect gay guy, the one who loves commitment, domestic life, marriage and children. The breakup threw him in a loop and on impulse he decided to buy himself a Harley and the bike lead him to Dylan, the mechanic and owner of the workshop.

Dylan is the cocky-devil-may-care straight guy who thought Alec is totally hopeless when it comes to owning a bike. However, he had a weakness towards the underdog, so when he see Alec unable to stand up for himself in front of his ex, Dylan decided to intervene by pretending to be his new boyfriend.

Alec is not amused with the idea, but Dylan decided that he can't let anyone bully his new friend.

One of the reason that make me venture into the m/m is the feeling of taboo. In this story, almost everyone around is gay or rather open about it, even Alec's family. Dylan himself is a guy who will try anything and don't conform himself to any labels. Thus, most of the conflict in here confine to Dylan's hang up in regards to commitment. 

The only other m/m I have read is Try, so I can't avoid making comparison to it. The sex and emotion is definitely not as strong. I enjoyed their camaraderie and friendship that develop over their love for bike and Dylan's background story in regards to his gay friend who died due to HIV is very heartfelt. Their bff Noah is a fun drama queen to have around. Overall, and enjoyable light read for me.

Rating 3/5

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